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Jan 18, 2015

Exclusive: Facebook hiring spree hints at ambitions in virtual reality and beyond

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Virtual reality goggles, drones and data centers are all driving a hiring spree at Facebook Inc (FB.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) that is set to swell its ranks as much as 14 percent in the near term, according to a review of job listings on the company’s website.

The Internet social networking company aims to add nearly 1,200 new employees, the outgrowth of aggressive investments that executives have said will define the coming year.

Jan 16, 2015

Intel forecasts disappointing revenue; shares fall

By Anya George Tharakan and Bill Rigby

(Reuters) – Chipmaker Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research) forecast revenue and gross margins for this quarter that disappointed investors, sending its shares down 2.7 percent in extended trading.

Revenue from its mainstay PC business fell about 3 percent to $8.9 billion (6 billion pounds) in the fourth quarter from the prior quarter, raising doubts about a long-anticipated recovery of the personal computer business.

Dec 19, 2014

Insight – Amazon’s cloud business a harder sell in post-Snowden era

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – This spring, Taser International Inc (TASR.O: Quote, Profile, Research) won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored.

In the end, the deal survived only after Taser dropped Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research) as the data storage provider for the year-long project. The fact that Amazon did not have a data centre in Britain was a deal breaker for British officials, according to Taser.

Dec 19, 2014

Amazon’s cloud business a harder sell in post-Snowden era

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – This spring, Taser International Inc won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored.

In the end, the deal survived only after Taser dropped Amazon.com Inc as the data storage provider for the year-long project. The fact that Amazon did not have a data center in Britain was a deal breaker for British officials, according to Taser.

Dec 16, 2014

Seattle police find no explosives after Amazon HQ threat

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Seattle police searched for explosives at Amazon.com’s headquarters after a threatening letter was found at a company building just north of the city’s downtown district, but found nothing, authorities said on Monday.

Amazon building security contacted Seattle police at 10:30 a.m. local time (1.30 p.m. ET) after staff found a note inside a bathroom at one of the buildings that make up Amazon’s sprawling headquarters, police said, without disclosing the contents of the note.

Dec 15, 2014

Diverse allies rally for Microsoft in overseas data fight

NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Corporate lobbyists, news organizations and academics joined forces with Microsoft Corp on Monday in the software company’s legal battle with the U.S. government over access to customer data stored overseas.

The diverse set of interests filed briefs with a federal appeals court in New York, urging it to reverse a judge’s order that Microsoft turn over emails from a data center in Ireland. They argued that turning them over would jeopardize the future of international cloud computing.

Dec 15, 2014

Seattle police investigate threatening letter at Amazon headquarters

SEATTLE, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Seattle police are searching for
explosives at Amazon.com’s headquarters after a
threatening letter was found at one of the company’s buildings
just north of the city’s downtown district, authorities said on
Monday.

Amazon building security contacted Seattle police at 10:30
a.m. local time (1830 GMT) after staff found a note inside a
bathroom at one of the buildings that make up Amazon’s sprawling
headquarters, police said, without disclosing the contents of
the note.

Dec 15, 2014

Tech companies support Microsoft in overseas data fight with U.S.

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Technology companies Apple Inc,
Amazon.com Inc , AT&T Inc and more than 20 others
are supporting Microsoft Corp in the software company’s
legal battle with the U.S. government over access to customer
data stored overseas.

The long-running court fight has taken on an urgency for
technology and media companies in the wake of revelations about
bulk electronic data collection by the U.S. National Security
Agency from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Dec 9, 2014

Portland, Oregon, sues to stop Uber online car service

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Portland sued Uber on Monday to stop the
fast-growing ride-hailing service from operating in the Oregon
city until it follows local regulations.

Uber operates in areas around Portland, but only started up
in the city itself on Friday, without consent from authorities
or any agreement over how it should be regulated.

Dec 3, 2014

Microsoft ex-CEO Ballmer, activist Jesse Jackson pep up annual meet

, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Former Microsoft Corp
Chief Executive Steve Ballmer and civil rights activist
Jesse Jackson livened up the technology company’s annual
shareholder meeting on Wednesday, grabbing the spotlight from
the current leaders on stage.

Ballmer, who retired as CEO in February but is still the
company’s biggest individual shareholder, sat next to Jackson in
the second row of the Meydenbauer Center auditorium, packed with
about 400 shareholders. He chatted warmly with Jackson before
and after the meeting, surrounded by well-wishers and
photographers.

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      "Bill Rigby is Reuters' chief correspondent in Seattle, reporting on Microsoft and Boeing and overseeing coverage of general news in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska. He has been a Reuters journalist since 1998, reporting on banks, insurers, stock markets, defense companies and airlines from Reuters bureaux in London, New York and Seattle."
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